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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


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What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

Help severe patients: Puva is a last resort therapy for patients with atopic dermatitis; most can be controlled and treated with other methods, and puva treatments increase the risk that a patient will develop skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A study from japan in 1993 showed 81% of patients responded. Only an experienced dermatologist does this treatment. Link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8485113. ...Read more

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Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

See Allergist: Given you unbearable itching symptoms and rash refractory to topical steroids I would suggest making an appointment to see an allergist for further workup/evaluation. Eczema, contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), etc. are all skin condition that you could be suffering from. Getting workup up by a specialist might provide more answers/treatments. ...Read more

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How are sclap psoriasis and seborrhoeic eczema different?

How are sclap psoriasis and seborrhoeic eczema different?

Sometimes overlap: Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can often overlap with scalp psoriasis in a disease termed sebopsoriasis. Both conditions are from scalp inflammation. The treatments are often quite similar using topical steroid solutions/shampoos/foams and keratolytic (scale removing) shampoos and topicals. See a dermatologist to see if you have one or the other or the combined form (sebopsoriasis). ...Read more

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Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

Psoral cream: Is the creation of a dermatologist in peru that consists (according to its website) petroleum jelly, vitamin a, pine oil based salvia, nicotinic acid, etc & water from the dead sea (which contains many minerals) found no medical studies, just anecdotal testaments. Expensive. Has oily consistency with disagreeable odor. Ask your dermatologist if (s)he knows of this product & if it's effective. ...Read more

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Do cures for psoriasis and seborheic dermatitis such as"temovate" cause cancer?

Do cures for psoriasis and seborheic dermatitis such as"temovate" cause cancer?

Not directly: As an anti-inflammatory drug some immunosuppression may occur and as such cuold contribute to cancer development in affected individuals who have other risks for cancer. ...Read more

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Does anything help the psoriasis scalp itch?

Does anything help the psoriasis scalp itch?

See below: There are a huge number of possible treatments for psoriasis. I suggest seeing a dermatologist for specifics. ...Read more

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Is jock itch cream (clotrimazole) helpful in treating angular cheilitis?

Is jock itch cream (clotrimazole) helpful in treating angular cheilitis?

If fungus yes: If cheilitis is due to a fungus, then yes. Often though angular chelitis is due to a bacteria & erythromycin might be enough. ...Read more

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Atopic eczema can occur on scalp???

Atopic eczema can occur on scalp???

Uncommon: This is not a typical location for eczema. One might be more concerned about a contact sensitivity to products (shampoos, dyes, etc) in this location. ...Read more

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What helps the extreme fibro itch? I've tried prescription hydrocortisone 2.5%, eczema lotion, & aveeno oatmeal bath. Help!!!

What helps the extreme fibro itch? I've tried prescription hydrocortisone 2.5%, eczema lotion, & aveeno oatmeal bath. Help!!!

"fibro- itch"": Sorry- I am not certain what you are referring to. Please clarify your question. Fibromyalgia- is not a itching illness. I suggest OTC antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Zyrtec. I see you are also taking Norco- this can be a narcotic side effect. ...Read more

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Doxycycline and Topical Clobetasol Propionate for guttate psoriasis flare-up, back and shoulders have stubborn & unresponsive "folliculitis" now?

I'm sorry: but this is the type of specific problem about which helpful advice can only be given if a specialist in psoriasis has the opportunity to examine you and your skin and review comprehensively what treatment has been given and it's effectiveness. Only then can further suggestions for treatment be given. Please continue working with your Dermatologist or get a 2nd opinion. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Does eczema cream work for paget's disease?

Does eczema cream work for paget's disease?

No: I assume that you are referring to paget's disease of the breast? The cream will not work as it is actually a malignant condition that may have the appearance of eczema, with skin changes involving the nipple of the breast. Further w/u and treatment needed to eval another underlying breast cancer. Tx will be surgery plus other tx necessary for the underlying breast cancer. Go and d/w oncologist. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with lichen planus on penis, steroid cream not working, any other remedies?

Diagnosed with lichen planus on penis, steroid cream not working, any other remedies?

Excimer laser: The excimer laser, wavelength 308 which is used for psoriaisis can be safely used on the penis for inflammation such as is found in lichen planus. Oral steroids are temporary and the lichen pla us will recur quickly. Another option is vertical, a vitamin d ointment, which will not thin skin of the penis. ...Read more

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Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related ?

Are leukemia, psoriasis and eczema medically related ?

No: nor part of a known syndrome that I know of, but can co-exist, not commonly though ...Read more

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Could diaper rash cream help with jock itch?

Could diaper rash cream help with jock itch?

It might.: Most kinds of jock itch is either inflammed irritated skin or harboring a dermatophyte like candida. Just as there are different kinds of diaper rashes and medicaments to treat them, some of these may help with jock itch. Keeping the skin cool and dry is the best beginning for treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more